Pumpkin . . . Fall 2011

Pumpkin . . . Fall 2011

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Garden Update

Above is the photo of our lettuce bed. It is a test bed for our greenhouse.

All of the lettuces were self sown at the end of April. The lettuces grew quite well under the cool rainy weather in May and they are now ready to harvest.

Here are the name the lettuces from front to back:

. . . . de Morges Braun Lettuce
. . . . Summer Lettuce Mix
. . . . Flashy Green Butter Oak Lettuce
. . . . Claytonia
. . . . les Orielles du Diable Lettuce
. . . . Tres Fine Maraichere Olesh Endive
. . . . Forellenshluss Lettuce
. . . . Cracoviensis Lettuce

We also have some wonderful spinach ready for harvest. All of the vegetable beds around the house have finally been planted. We are opening up a 1/4 acre garden towards the back of our property. This is where the potatoes, corn, beans, more onions, Hubbard squash and more pumpkins will be planted early next week. We are about two weeks behind due to all the rain . . . . but the weather has been warm over the last week so the soils are now at optimal temperature for germination.

Right now we have all of our root vegetables (beets, carrots, turnips, radishes and onions).
Tomatoes (heavy on the Brandywine variety which is my favorite!)
Brassica's (Cauliflower, Broccoli, Red Cabbage, Tuscan and Winterboor Kale, Summer Squashes, Cucumbers, Melons, Pumpkins and Winter Squash
Red Cutting Celery

All varieties that have been planted are open pollinated so I can save seeds from year to year.

Our greenhouse arrived yesterday . . . it is gothic style . . . 72 feet by 20 feet. Mark is planning on putting our greenhouse up over the next several weeks. It will be planted in August for winter harvest. I am going to use Eliot Coleman's ideas with a few tweaks of my own. I am really excited because this will open up our winter market and provide local fresh greens in the winter for my customers.

Back to the garden . . . .

Buy local . . . . eat well . . . . .